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Night on Earth (1991)

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An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisanne Falk ...
Rock Manager
Alan Randolph Scott ...
Rock Musician #1
Anthony Portillo ...
Rock Musician #2
Richard Boes ...
Cab Driver #1
Driver - Paris
Blind Woman
Pascal N'Zonzi ...
Passenger #1 (as Pascal Nzonzi)
Emile Abossolo M'bo ...
Passenger #2 (as Émile Abossolo-M'bo)
Stéphane Boucher ...
Man in Accident (as Stephane Boucher)
Noel Kaufmann ...
Man on Motorcycle


A collection of five stories involving cab drivers in five different cities. Los Angeles - A talent agent for the movies discovers her cab driver would be perfect to cast, but the cabbie is reluctant to give up her solid cab driver's career. New York - An immigrant cab driver is continually lost in a city and culture he doesn't understand. Paris - A blind girl takes a ride with a cab driver from the Ivory Coast and they talk about life and blindness. Rome - A gregarious cabbie picks up an ailing man and virtually talks him to death. Helsinki - an industrial worker gets laid off and he and his compatriots discuss the bleakness and unfairness of love and life and death. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Five Taxis. Five Cities. One Night.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 December 1991 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

LANewYorkParisRomeHelsinki  »

Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)


$2,015,810 (USA)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jim Jarmusch wrote the script in eight days. See more »


Cameras and studio lights are very visible in the sunglasses of the drivers in Los Angeles and Rome. See more »


Driver: If there's no room at the Hotel Genius, I'll take a room at the Hotel Imbecile.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the titles of the crew members are in the language of the place/unit they worked in (ie the Helsinki unit's credits are in Finnish, and so on). See more »


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Summertime Blues
Performed by Blue Cheer
Written by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart
Courtesy of Polygram Special Products, A Division of Polygram Group Distribution, Inc.
Warner-Tamerlaine Publishing Corp. (BMI)
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The good old world
7 November 2006 | by (Malta) – See all my reviews

Jim Jarmusch does for movies as Tom Waits does for music, no wonder he uses his music in his films. I've seen this movie over and over, its truly wonderful. We glimpse A side of the world that is the same no matter where you go. The world is round so no matter where you go you are always in the center of it. Here we catch a Taxi in different cities around the globe and although the cultures are clearly different , there is something of the blues in each act. I can't make out which one is my favorite, they all have a certain magic to them that totally captures to mood of the country we are in although the mood itself is that of the night where not much seems to be going on really except in our taxis. Each scene in this film is a masterpiece, no matter which country Jarmusch takes us too. Of course Benigni needless I mention is that little bit more of a of a superstar but for that matter so is the blind girl in Paris. Great music, great photography, great acting, its all good. Its magic!

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